If it’s spring break for the California Legislature, that means lawmakers are putting their passports to use.
This week, 15 legislators are off on fact-finding trips to Poland and Taiwan paid for by outside groups.
The trip to Eastern Europe is sponsored by the California Foundation on the Environment and the Economy, which is bankrolled by groups lobbying the Legislature, including PG&E, Chevron, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and Southern California Edison, among others.
The delegation to Poland includes Senate Republican leader Robert Huff of Diamond Bar and Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) and Assemblymen Travis Allen (R-Huntington Beach), Steven Bradford (D-Gardena), Henry Perea (D-Fresno) and Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont).
The trip includes visits to Warsaw, Krakow and Konin, according to P.J. Johnston, a spokesman for the foundation.
"This rapidly changing, rising economic star of Eastern Europe is an excellent laboratory for a variety of energy technologies, market mechanisms and regulatory designs," Johnston said to explain what California officials hope to study.